A new pilot project is bringing affordable warmth to over 450 people in need living in rural communities in the Highlands. Householders in fuel poverty in Badenoch and Strathspey, Inverness and Inverness-shire, and Ross and Cromarty will benefit from income maximisation support and affordably warmer homes from partners Changeworks and local Citizen’s Advice Bureaux.

By working in partnership, Rural Affordable Warmth can tackle all four causes of fuel poverty: low income, poor energy efficiency, high fuel costs and how people use their heating systems and live within their home. The Highlands has one of the highest fuel poverty rates in the UK, affecting 52% of people and 72% of older people (Scottish House Condition Survey, 2016).

A Changeworks Affordable Warmth Advisor will work in partnership with Citizens Advice Bureau Income Maximisation Advisors to provide a support package to help householders better manage finances, build life-skills and increase their confidence to live in affordably warm homes.

Rural Affordable Warmth is being delivered by environmental charity Changeworks in partnership with Citizen’s Advice Bureaux Inverness Badenoch and Strathspey, and Ross and Cromarty, with funding from SSE and ScottishPower.